Obituary: Dolores M. Fah Kropp

July 28, 1928 - November 20, 2020
Dolores M. Fah Kropp
Posted at 10:13 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 12:13:41-05

Dolores M. Fah Kropp passed away from natural causes on Friday, November 20, 2020, at her home at The Lodge in Great Falls, MT. Dolores was born July 28, 1928, in Milwaukee, WI and was raised on a dairy farm. Her parents were Eleanor and Gregory Koeferl.

She and her future husband, Charley Fah, corresponded as pen pals. Charley later travelled to Wisconsin to meet her, brought her back to Montana, and they were married in January 1949. Two children were born to Dolores and Charley, Rita Ann and Jerome Charles. Charley and Dolores shared 37 years together until Charley died suddenly in 1986.

In October 1988, Dolores and Paul Kropp were married. This marriage lasted nearly 20 years, until Paul’s death in 2008. Dolores met Mike Atherton in 2011, and the two became fast friends and companions, dancing as much and as often as they possibly could.

Dolores was an accomplished seamstress. She sewed entire wardrobes, she could mend or create anything, and even designed and sewed special-order draperies for Wier Furniture. Knitting was another hobby and dog sweaters and baby blankets were favorites. She loved quilting and created quilts for each of her family members.

Dolores had a varied work life, including the rug factory, dry cleaners, “dime store clerk,” lunch lady, and previously mentioned drapery designer. Her longest employment was in the laundry at St. Joseph’s Hospital and food service at the then Montana State Home for the Aged. She retired in 1988.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.